I couldn’t figure out a clever heading for this, so I’m giving it to you straight. There is some seriously nutty shit going on in the Superman universe. First and foremost, yes, you read that correctly. Latino Review has confirmed that Kevin Coster (!) will indeed be featured in Zack Snyder’s Superman: Man Of Steel as Jonathan Kent, aka Clark’s father. The good news is, at least he won’t have to affect that atrocious Boston accent he had in Company Men.
In any event, I’m astonishingly unexcited about this, both because Costner hasn’t done much interesting in a while, and because Pa Kent is a pretty unremarkable character. The sad truth is that Crash Davis hasn’t really blown audiences away in quite some time — his last interesting role was in Open Range, and that was 2003.
As for the character itself, casting Pa Kent has inexplicably irritated me. It’s essentially the rural take on Ben Parker, except he doesn’t die during the origin. Pretty much any qhite man over 50 could play the role — there’s little pathos or drama to it, and what there is is unlikely to manifest itself in this film. Truth be told, I’m a little annoyed that the Kents are even in the movie, because that just makes it seem like more retread of the same tired story again. Clark Kent struggles to keep his identity a secret, he loves Lois, his parents are sweet old country folk who give him sage advice, he saves the world. I want to see a real challenge. I want to see the film taken somewhere new, not just using the same characters over and over — there’s a million pages of comic book history to draw on, damn it.
I guess what I’m saying is… BRAINIAC, DARKSEID OR GTFO.